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Chandelier Installation: What You Need To Know

A chandelier is one of the biggest and most cumbersome electrical installations. We want to help any DIYers out there who want to install one on their own by explaining the installation process and some basic safety procedures for your chandelier.

Shut Off the Power

We recommend working during the day because you’ll need to shut off your electrical power before you install your chandelier. Head to your circuit breaker and switch it off, so you don’t compromise your safety during installation.

Ready Your Ceiling’s Connection

Your chandelier will attach to your ceiling and it needs to be secure. Before you start lifting your chandelier, ensure that the electrical box on your ceiling is secure and ready to bear the weight of your chandelier. Tighten screws and inspect any wires for damage.


The old adage of “measure twice, cut once” applies here as well. While you won’t necessarily be cutting anything, you’ll have options on how low your chandelier will hang. Get a good measurement of how long the chain should be before attaching it to your ceiling. If you have to adjust your hanging height after the wiring is connected, you may run into potential risks such as dropping the chandelier.


Of course, your chandelier needs power! Now, set up the wires by combining the stripped ends with a wire nut. Your chandelier may use a slightly different process, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions. After that, you’re almost ready to go. Just screw in your preferred bulbs and your luxurious chandelier should light up!


We’re approaching the finish line! Now that you are confident in how your chandelier will hang, it is time to install it! Make sure you follow any specific instructions that come with your lighting fixture, as there can be variations on how to secure your system.

For more information on lighting fixture installations, contact Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning at (540) 685-4040. We are here for you during these challenging times and have implemented the CDC recommended precautions to ensure we provide safe and healthy services for both our technicians and our clients.

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